Richmond win by 50 points
First game and First goal
It was looking like yet another long, depressing season for the Tiger faithful when they suffered two confidence sapping heavy defeats in a row early in the year - including a 126 point loss against Geelong the previous week - but they got their mojo back against a Demon team who had put in one great, and one very ordinary performance so far that year.
On a day where they paid tribute to long time administrator Graeme Richmond, who had passed away in late 1991, the Tigers were the better side for three quarters before running away with the game in the last for a shock win of nearly 10 goals.
The game was tight early on but bad signs were starting to build for the Demons as they could barely get their hands on the ball. They were wasteful in front of goal themselves but could thank the Tigers for their kicking keeping them in the match.
Richmond opened up a three goal lead at half time and the game stayed the same until three quarter time despite the dominance of Craig Lambert who saw off three opponents on the way to 41 possessions for the day.
Jim Stynes battled through the day with a back injury but only a handful of his teammates put in a four quarter effort throughout the match. Any hope of a comeback in the last term was destroyed when the Tigers ran away with a six goal to one burst to win comfortably.
Melbourne's forward line malaise was not helped by Allen Jakovich who kicked 2.6. During the first quarter he failed to pass to one of three free teammates closer to goal and missed his kick, but at least he was getting his hands on the football unlike Darren Bennett who played in the pocket next to Jako but had only two touches. First game Chris Sullivan kicked three goals but it wasn't enough.
John Northey suggested after the game that he was about to wield the axe on several of his players at the selection table. He said: "I suppose you could say I was embarrassed by some of the things that we saw today in our game. If we continue to play the way we did today, we have no alternative but to make changes. We can't put up with the situation the way it is now."
Best were Schwarz, Yeats and Sullivan
Melbourne 27.21.183 d. Richmond 12.12.84
Goals - Williams 12, Keogh 4, Lamb 3, Cuthbertson 2, Eishold 2, Kowal 1, Hopgood 1, MacKay 1, Kilmartin 1
Best - Kowal, Grinter, Williams